Robb Report April 2015

Overview

From This Issue

Refuge and Ruins

Some ambitious homes are constructed to shelter their occupants; others are conceived to shelter their owners’ ambitions. In the early 19th century, many such shrines to dynastic aspiration rose in the Southern United Sates—nowhere more prolifically than in the town of Natchez, Miss. Yet by the 20th century, most of these antebellum monuments existed merely […]

The Max Factor

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL the 300SL, the first of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (for Sport Leicht, or “sport light”) models, was produced at the suggestion of Max Hoffman, the U.S. importer for several European automakers including the company then known as Daimler-Benz. Hoffman believed a refined, road version of the company’s W194 Grand Prix racer would do […]

Looking the Part

The Aston Martin Vantage GT has the appearance of a winner. There is a motorsports adage that says the best way to make a small fortune in racing is to begin with a large one. Such cynicism predates the Aston Martin Vantage GT, a new version of the V8 Vantage that has a starting price […]

Family Valuables

The younger generation helps take David Yurman in enlightening new directions.  For last year’s 30th anniversary of David Yurman’s signature Cable bracelet, the jeweler’s son Evan re-created the object (usually made of precious metal and encrusted with gems) as a limited-edition series of colorful, anodized-aluminum bangles. “Evan took a common base metal and made it […]

Going Private

Christie’s offers an auction alternative with an exclusive new wing. It was standing room only at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art auction last November. The show—featuring nearly 80 lots ranging from Andy Warhol’s Triple Elvis to Jeff Koons’s Pink Panther—promised to be one of the biggest nights in history for the Manhattan auction house, with […]

Sole Searchers

A Parisian shoemaker’s passion for the human touch has won him a cult following. Pierre Corthay likens his refined footwear to a classic car’s chassis. “It’s all about the balance of the width, length, and volume,” says the 52-year-old cobbler, whose aesthetic was shaped by his grandfather’s collection of venerable vehicles. Like those timeless automobiles, […]

East Lothian Local

A private club’s new public offering opens up the legends of Scotland’s Golf Coast.  Scotland’s East Lothian region is rightly referred to as the country’s Golf Coast. The windswept stretch of Caledonia—located about a half hour east of Edinburgh—is home to more than 20 courses, including such treasures as Muirfield, Gullane, and the world’s third […]

For the Love of the Game

Rancho Valencia’s newly renovated tennis center serves up a serenely satisfying experience.  The scent of eucalyptus fills the air as I hastily flip a yellow felt ball skyward and—thump!—hit it hard across the court. The ball’s flight, however, proves neither powerful nor true, ending lazily in no-man’s-land on the other side of the net. Robin […]

In Full Bloom

The odyssey of Ulysses has taken the novel from being banned to becoming a coveted collectible. While James Joyce enthusiasts look forward to Bloomsday, the annual celebration of the Irish author’s life and work that takes place June 16, Joyce fans who are also serious bibliophiles may be more interested in April 9 through 12, […]

Classing It Up

The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe is worthy of its flagship name.  The term S-Class is a shortened and anglicized version of Sonderklasse, which in German means “special class.” In addition to “special,” the S could also stand for “safe,” “serene,” or “sumptuous”—each of which describes the Mercedes-Benz models that have carried the S-Class moniker since 1972, […]

The Real Deal

What started for the owners as little more than an investment property—a house in the Malaysian capital, situated on a parcel overlooking the city’s prominent Petronas Twin Towers—now serves as their personal sanctuary, an all-new private residence so resplendently inimitable and utterly inviting that our editors have named it Robb Report’s Ultimate Home 2015.  A Malaysian family bought the […]

Inside Out

A new camp near Namibia’s Skeleton Coast lays the framework for a one-of-a-kind safari experience.  Dr. Philip “Flip” Stander bounds ahead of his guests, eager to share a discovery he made on the grounds of Namibia’s Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. The Cambridge-educated zoologist—who has been studying the Namib Desert’s elusive lion population for more than 15 […]

Fast Times in Maine

This summer, the captain and crew of Comanche will try to win the Transatlantic Race and establish the 100-foot vessel as the world’s fastest mono-hull sailing yacht. The event, part of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series, will begin June 28 in Newport, R.I., and follow a 3,200-mile course to south Cornwall, England. The race has […]

The Robb Reader: Romero Britto

A conversation with the neo-pop artist and children’s activist.   Romero Britto’s vibrant style and equally colorful personality have helped him become one of the most successful artists of the modern era. His paintings and sculptures—which combine the principles of pop art, cubism, and graffiti—fetch high prices in galleries and at auctions, but his work has […]